we’ve been doing science experiments once a week
working from Janice VanCleave’s Play and Find Out About Science : Easy Experiments for Young Children.
i’ve looked at several of these type of books.
my assessment of this one: excellent!
we try to do each experiment using the scientific method:
- observing the environment and asking a question.
- making a hypothesis or guess.
- testing our hypothesis by doing an experiment.
- examining the data or results.
- refining or improving our hypothesis.
every experiment begins with a thought-provoking question often asked by children,
and ends with a simple, clear explanation.
most of the supplies can be found around the house or purchased easily and inexpensively.
we’ve had much fun and success with these experiments so far:
i wonder…is there a way to catch air?
i wonder…why are some pennies shinier than others?
i wonder…what holds up a parachute?
in part 2, we investigated what would happen when the clay weights are different sizes or completely removed.